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What You Need to Know About Those Spinach-Related Recalls


Over the past two weeks, foods sold at a number of major retailers, including Target, Costco and Wegmans, have been recalled for containing spinach at risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While health authorities have not been able to trace back the contaminated spinach to a specific farm, all of the food products used spinach processed by… Continue Reading

Audit of Organic ‘Certifying Agents’ Suggests Program May Need Overhaul


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this year reviewed almost half of the so-called “certifying agents” for its organic program and ended up citing 62 percent for failing to correctly enforce certification requirements on organic farms they audit, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The nation’s largest daily newspaper stated that the organic farming boom… Continue Reading

The Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics


Ask any doctor or veterinarian to rate the important medical discoveries of the past century, and antibiotics would surely be at or near the top of the list. In this century, too, antibiotics are expected to remain an essential tool for treating animal and human diseases. But the “miracle of antibiotics” is being threatened. There… Continue Reading

FSMA Rule Revisions a ‘Huge Win’ for the Organic Sector


Organic food producers are very pleased with the Food and Drug Administration’s revised provisions for the produce safety rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). “It’s a huge win,” says Gwendolyn Wyard, regulatory director of Organic Standards and Food Safety with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). These changes are about making sure the rules… Continue Reading

Critic of Organic Agriculture Lacks Credibility



Recently, Mr. Mischa Popoff wrote an op-ed for Food Safety News critical of the organic movement. Popoff is a former Canadian organic certification inspection contractor, the author of a self-published book critical of organics, and a commentator affiliated with ultra-conservative think tanks in the U.S. that are funded by agrochemical interests. The article below, entitled, “Who is Mischa Popoff?,”… Continue Reading

Study Finds Organic Foods Have More Benefits


A new international study suggests that organic foods contain higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown versions. The research, led by Newcastle University and published last week in the British Journal of Nutrition, found concentrations of antioxidants such as polyphenolics that were 18- to 69-percent higher in organic food. “Many of these compounds have previously… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Keep the Libraries Open!



The Rogue River counties of Jackson and Josephine in Oregon were for years what they called “timber counties,” running their local public services with federal money paid “in lieu” of taxes. Drastic reductions in federal timber harvests were occurring about the time the whole economy tanked. So, Jackson and Josephine counties closed all their public… Continue Reading

WhiteWave Foods to Buy Earthbound Farm


Dairy producer WhiteWave Foods has announced plans to pay about $600 million to purchase Earthbound Farm, the largest organic produce brand in the U.S. Earthbound Farm was the producer behind the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed three. Following that outbreak, the company redesigned its food safety practices… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving From a Food-Safety Perspective

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Organic Growers Urged to Comment on FDA’s Draft FSMA Rules


Organic growers are among those sighing in relief now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period for its proposed produce and preventive-control rules until Nov. 22. The proposed rules are part of the historic Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011. The… Continue Reading